"The biggest help has been my key worker. She is wonderful and has helped me with everything."
Matt comes from a town in Co. Cork. In his own words he talks of how he became homeless, his pathway to Cork Simon and how the support he receives is helping him plan for the future.
"I’d a hard old life. I’ve been through the wars and back. I’m after doing so many things to my body I dunno how I’m here."
'Paula' comes from a town in Co. Kerry. In her own words she talks of how she becanme homeless, her pathway to Cork Simon and how she's now very much focused on her future.
“Out on the street is no place for nobody. It’s very very bad. It’s tough. I wouldn’t wish it on nobody."
In this video, ‘Richard’ talks about his experiences of homelessness from a young age, his experiences of sleeping rough and how the supports from Cork Simon are helping him to leave homelessness behind.
“I slept rough for good periods of time, actually. You’re dealing with rain and cold; there’s never heat there." ‘Liam’ talks in this video about his addiction, his experiences of sleeping rough and of homelessness, and of the challenges he faces every day in trying to find a home that he can afford.
"I first came to Simon two months ago. The staff have been brilliant. They are there for you – always."
In her own words, 'Sinead' talks about various incidents in her young adult life that conspired to eventually push her into homelessness and, inevitably, to Cork Simon's door.
"I’ve stayed clean in Simon. Now that I’ve got the support I need, my life is two-hundred percent better."
'Harry' has a serious gambling problem and is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. He has been hospitalised more than 30 times, has been in huge debt and destroyed important relationships as a result of these 2 illnesses.